The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Angel Woah, a young mother of 23, was killed in a tragic tow truck accident on Saturday night. She had called her husband Robert Giles around 8:00 p.m. to let him know that she had been in a small fender bender. Just hours later, Giles found out that she was in critical condition at Grady Hospital. Woah was one of two women who were killed when a tow truck collided with two parked cars on the side of I-20 near the downtown connector. Satonya Cleveland, 35, was also killed in the accident. Cleveland, of Lithonia, died at the scene.
Woah was from Snellville. According to her future father-in-law, Antony Bordoli, “They immediately had to remove part of her right lung. She never regained consciousness.”
Bordoli described Woah as energetic and well-liked. She had an 11-month-old daughter, and she was on her way home from a hairstyling appointment when the accident occurred.
According to the Atlanta Police Department, weather may have been a factor in the accident. There were also six other accidents on I-20 on the same night.
So far, no charges have been filed in the tow truck accident, but the investigation is ongoing.
This incident highlights the importance of safety after an auto accident. Here are some safety tips to follow:
Safety first! If you can, move your car to the side of the road, but don’t feel obligated to stand next to your car on a busy highway. Turn on your hazard lights and set out cones if you have them, then move far away from the road. If you’re on the side of an interstate like I-20, you may have to walk in order to get off the shoulder. Do it, and stay as far away from the road as possible. You may feel the need to stay next to your car, but by doing so, you’d be putting yourself in danger, especially during inclement weather. Lock your car and get away from the road.
Call 911 as soon as possible, and file a police report to document the accident. Be sure to exchange information with the other driver as well as any witnesses. Be careful what you say. Do not admit fault or apologize. The facts will emerge, and they may show that the other driver was at fault. Don’t forget to call your insurance company, too. But again, be careful what you say when talking to insurance company representatives.
If you can, photograph the scene of the accident. Many people now have cameras on their cell phones. If you don’t have a camera, consider buying a disposable camera to photograph the scene. Photographic evidence is valuable in court.
If you were injured in the accident, see a doctor as soon as possible, and call an experienced attorney. If the accident was caused by the negligence of another driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Call MLN Law at 404-531-9700 to schedule a free legal consultation.